ACU: Ames Christian University was established in March, 2002 in Naples, Florida. In September 2003 a partnership was created and Ames Bible College (ABC which is now AISOM) was founded and became affiliated through ACU. Both schools were created separately with separate founders.  

In January, 2005 the president of ACU stepped down for health reasons and the President of ABC, Dr. Vince Rizzo, was elected into the office as President of Ames Christian University (ACU). In 2007 ABC went international and was renamed at that time as Ames International School of Ministry (AISOM).  

As a result, both entities have become conglomerates of one another but ACU is the parent group. Both operate separately but are managed collectively. We created the Ames Learning Systems/Ames Support Staff Team name to cover both schools. AISOM is primarily a scholarship school providing free or low-cost biblical education under the auspices of Ames Christian University, the governing entity, for the express purpose of spreading the Gospel of Christ to impoverished countries, now with over 36,000 students worldwide with a consist increase of 100 to 200 new students per week.

ADOBE ACROBAT: Adobe Acrobat File Format is an application of software developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, print, present and manage files in the Portable Document Format (.PDF). Adobe Reader is available as free software and allows users to view and print .PDF files in a fixed layout.

CD: CD-ROM which means Compact Disc with read-only memory, is a pre-pressed disc that contains data accessible to but not writable by a computer for data storage and music playback which later was formatted to hold any form of binary data. Harvestime CD’s are for computer reading only.

DOWNLOAD: In computer networks, to download means to receive data to a local system from a remote system, or to initiate such a data transfer. To receive data from a dependable source means that it is free from spyware, viruses or spam and the transmitted data received can be retained and printed.

EMAIL: Electronic mail, commonly called email or e-mail, is a method of exchanging digital messages across the Internet or other computer networks. Emails are transmitted directly from one user to another computer and messages can be accepted, delivered, stored and forwarded. The email address is the location of where messages are sent much like receiving mail at your home address.

HARVESTIME INT’L NETWORK: Harvestime International Network wrote the curriculum which AISOM facilitates on its website. Harvestime offers a CD of all 22 Harvestime courses from the Harvestime Int’l Network for $50.00. They also offer printed books for $20.00 each which are available only in English and only mailed in the United States. Harvestime also has the courses in Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Thai Languages and they are adding new languages on a continual basis.

Harvestime exists as a non-denominational Christian organization committed to recruiting, training, motivating, and mobilizing a network of international harvesters capable of intercession for spiritual harvest, articulation and demonstration of the principles of spiritual harvest, and mobilization of laborers to reap the worldwide, end-time harvest. They are located in Laguna Woods, California and work closely within the prison system providing their curriculum to inmates.

HOME PAGE: The home page is more commonly the front page or the main web page that automatically loads when a search is performed on the web browser.

.HTML: .HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the predominant language for web pages. It is the building blocks of all basic websites. It allows images and objects to be embedded and can be used to create interactive forms.

ISP: Stands for Internet Service Provider which is the service that is necessary to access the World Wide Web through the Internet. Anyone wanting to access the Internet must have this service which is provided for a monthly fee much like phone service. Some companies that provide this are: AOL, Comcast, Juno, Embarq, Netzero, etc.

LINKS: Links are the “addresses” if you will of the locations of other websites that lead to sources of information. They can be reached through your web browser and must be preceeded with the normal “www” prefix.  

PC: PC stands for Personal Computer.

.PDF: .PDF stands for Portable Document Format which is an open standard for document exchange. The file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system. Each .PDF file en-capsulates documents that include the text, fonts, images, and 2D graphics which compose the documents.

UPLOAD: In computer networks, uploading can refer to the sending of data from a local system to a remote system such as a server or another client with the intent that the remote system should store a copy of the data being transferred, or the initiation of such a process.

USB: A USB flash drive consists of a flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. USB flash drives are typically removable and rewritable and physically much smaller than a floppy disk. Storage capacities in 2010 can be as large as 256 GB (gigabites). They are preferred for data storage as they are smaller and faster and have thousands of times more capacity and are more durable and reliable because of their lack of moving parts and they can be read by many other systems.

WEB BROWSER: A web browser or Internet browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting and navigating information resources on the World Wide Web. When searching the web for information, all websites are accessed through a web browser. Different browsers are structured differently as there are many browsers available. A few common browsers are: Netscape, Apple, Windows Explorer, Firefox, etc.
WEBPAGE: A web page is a text, photo or video document on a web site usually posted in the form of a link beyond the home page. Much like pages in a book, it contains accessible information not found on the Home Page.

WEBSITE: A website is a collection of related web page images or videos that are addressed relative to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL) often consisting of a domain name in an Internet network. A website is the location that is hosted on at least one web server and is accessible via a network such as the Internet or a private local area network. All publicly accessible websites are accessed on the World Wide Web and to go to a website, the web address is similar to this fictitious web address seen here - (www.

WWW: This is the World Wide Web. This is the prefix of all website locations.